After their 2016–17 ended with a blowout loss to the Boston Celtics, the Chicago Bulls did what they always do. John Paxson and Gar Forman, the front men for the team and decision-makers in the front office, trotted out in front of the media and tried to explain the Bulls’ failure in a 41-41 season. In short, they refused to take any responsibility for the mess.
Instead, Paxson casually laid out the problems with the roster — 10 players with three or fewer years of service time and the worst three-point shooting in the NBA — at the feet of second-year head coach Fred Hoiberg. Paxson is almost certainly one of just a small group of people in the world who can’t contemplate the absurdity of blaming the team’s dysfunction on a coach he hired (in fact, the fourth head coach he’s been allowed to hire during his Bulls tenure).
This finger-pointing and lack of accountability at the top makes the Bulls one of the most poorly-run franchises in the NBA. Let’s dive into what’s going on and why the Chicago Bulls will never win another NBA championship.